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What if I told you there was a bacterium out there that has infected 2/3 of the population? You would probably tell me I’m crazy and laugh it off. But the truth is that there is an intestinal bacteria out there that has been causing some problems for decades.
Have any of you heard of H Pylori, or Helicobacter Pylori? Chances are you haven’t heard of it, and that’s not your fault by any means. This bacterium is a sneaky asymptomatic intestinal bacteria that is hard to detect without proper medical examination.
How can you tell?
It is also known for its embarrassing symptoms, which include burping, bloating, heartburn, esophageal reflux, diarrhea, constipation, flatulence and upper and mid-abdominal pain. For many these symptoms are hard to relate to this bacterium. Many people just think symptoms like this are normal bodily functions.
H Pylori is the leading cause of gastritis, which is an inflammation of the stomach lining. This is responsible for 90% of all duodenal ulcers and nearly 80% of all gastric ulcers. H Pylori can also result in a number of non-digestive conditions including cardiovascular disorders, migraines and Raynaud’s disease, which is the impaired circulation in the hands and feet.
This bacterium could also cause depression and anxiety. This is because H Pylori can cause a shortage of serotonin in the brain. Now you understand why many people often feel uncomfortable in public places when this bacterium is floating around inside of them.
It can happen to you
It can be very hard to concentrate and manage a problem like this, especially when you have no clue what is going on inside of you. The spiral-shaped bacterium resides primarily in the stomach lining of humans and animals. This is often not associated with causing problems like anxiety and depression. However, the bacterium works in sneaky ways to change the way you feel without you giving it much thought.
Many people contract H Pylori by ingesting contaminated food or water. This happens via fecal matter. If people prepare your food without washing their hands you could be at risk of contracting H Pylori. Make sure to check the conditions of any restaurant you enter, as well as the cleanliness of your home. Trust me you do not want to walk around carrying this intestinal bacteria that could possibly disrupt your life.
What can you do about it?
On the plus side 80% of cases have had H Pylori successfully irradiated. Antibiotics are also very useful in cases like this. Consult your doctor to get the proper prescription. I most cases antibiotics would not be needed, but for the sake of this issue it is best you seek medical attention.
Maintaining a good diet is also very important to keeping this bacterium away from your stomach. Making sure you get plenty of vitamins A, C and E is a good start, along with zinc, all of which protect your stomach lining. You can also try probiotics like lactobacillus and bifidobacterium to protect you as well.
The initial source of H Pylori is not fully known, but there are recommendations for avoiding this problem. Make sure you maintain good hygiene like washing your hands often, as well as drinking water from a safe source.
Be careful from now on, if you feel you are at risk of contracting H Pylori contact your doctor and have a proper examination. You can never be too careful when it comes to problems like this, especially if it could cause a problem for your social or work life.